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30th anniversary of Section 35 is an opportunity to reflect on the potential for relationship building between indigenous and non-indigenous communities

Upon the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Section 35, which recognized and enshrined Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982, the Institute on Governance convened a series of symposia, gathering together leaders and practitioners from Indigenous communities, public governments, and the private sector to reflect on the influence Section 35 has had on federal and provincial law, policy and decision-making and on indigenous governance.  Following on the heels of the Beyond Section 35 symposia in Ottawa in… Read more

March 31: Brown Bag Session on the Pangnirtung Pilot

The Institute on Governance and Senior Associate, John Graham, hosted a brown bag lunch session on the Pangnirtung Pilot Project on Thursday March 31, 2011. Pangnirtung Pilot Inuit and First Nation communities are much more diverse in terms of basic living conditions in comparison to communities in the rest of Canada. Given this diversity, governments are beginning to adopt highly differentiated approaches for encouraging socio-economic development. Isolated communities especially require tailored approaches. Pangnirtung, with a population of just over 1300 and located on… Read more

First Nations Communities in Distress

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with First Nation communities is struck by their diversity in terms of, among other things, size, language and culture, geographic location (urban, rural, remote), and levels of well-being. It is this latter dimension that is the focus of this essay. In particular we are interested in those distressed communities on the extreme end of the well-being continuum. To state that individuals living in these communities experience conditions that are the very worst in Canada… Read more

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